Saturday, February 10, 2007

Iraq Death Squads- The Salvador Option?

Roots of Iraq Civil War May Be in ‘Salvador Option’

In January 2005, Newsweek reported that the Bush Administration was considering using the “Salvador option” against insurgents in Iraq:

The Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported “nationalist” forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers.

It should come as no surprise, then, that sectarian death squads tied directly to the Iraqi Interior Ministry are running rampant in Iraq. Today we learned that the head of the Baghdad morgue has fled the country in fear for his life after reporting that the units have killed more than 7,000 people since last summer. The death squads operate so openly that an American military official in Iraq said, “the amazing thing about this is…they tell you exactly what they are going to do.”

In a desperate bid to rescue a failed policy in Iraq, the Bush administration may have given the green light to a strategy that ends any hope of national reconciliation and finally tears Iraq apart along sectarian and ethnic lines.

– Ken Gude

And now here is a presentation separated into 5 parts about the death squads operating in Iraq:

Click the small arrow in the corner to stay on this page while watching.

pt. 2



pt. 5

Do the math.

I just had another thought; can this line of thinking possibly explain the missing billions of dollars that there were hearings about in Washington D.C. just the other day?

Here's the fair and balanced FOX take on it.

1 comment:

Starrider said...

Rep. grills ex-US leader in Iraq: Where did 363 tons of cash go?
Mike Sheehan
Published: Tuesday February 6, 2007
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), spearheading a Congressional review of possible U.S. waste and fraud in Iraq, sought answers from former Iraq Provisional Authority leader L. Paul Bremer today.

"House Democrats, taking charge of investigations now that they control Congress, grilled the former U.S. occupation chief in Iraq on Tuesday about the way he doled out billions of Iraqi dollars without accounting for the money," the Associated Press reports.

Over $4 billion in cash, which came from Iraqi oil exports and other sources, was sent by the Federal Reserve to Baghdad on pallets aboard U.S. military planes just before government control was given back to the Iraqis, Reuters says. The bills reportedly weighed hundreds of tons.

"Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone? But that's exactly what our government did," Waxman said, according to Reuters.

The AP says Bremer countered, "I arrived in Baghdad at a time when much of the city was burning. Looting was still widespread. My responsibilities were to kickstart the economy.

"Millions of Iraqi families depended on civil service salaries and pensions," Bremer continued, according to the AP. "It was clear we had to get this Iraqi money in the hands of people immediately."

Bremer acknowledged that mistakes were made. But in regard to charges of oversight failures possibly allowing insurgents to get their hands on Iraqi money disbursed by the CPA, Bremer responded per Reuters, "I have no knowledge of monies being diverted. I would certainly be concerned if I thought they were."

A Republican on the committee, Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), defended Bremer and said that Waxman "was rushing to 'old judgments' in a hearing that was 'old news,'" reports the AP.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) added, per Reuters, "We are in a war against terrorists, to have a blame meeting isn't, in my opinion, constructive.

Starrider sez, hmmmmm.
I reckon those pallets of cash could have bought a lot of vehicles, uniforms, weapons and torture facilities for those Death Squads eh? Just a thought.